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    Pine Nut and Basil Rice

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    45 mins

    10 mins

    35 mins

    GinnyP's Note:

    A wonderful rice preparation from Gourmet magazine.

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    1. 1
      In a 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan cook pine nuts in oil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 2 minutes.
    2. 2
      With a slotted spoon, transfer pine nuts to a bowl.
    3. 3
      Add rice to oil in pan and cook over moderately low heat, stirring, 1 minute.
    4. 4
      Add water and bring to a boil.
    5. 5
      Cover rice and cook over very low heat until water is absorbed and rice is tender, about 18 minutes.
    6. 6
      Remove pan from heat and let rice stand undisturbed for 5 minutes.
    7. 7
      Meanwhile, finely chop basil.
    8. 8
      Fluff rice with a fork and stir in basil, pine nuts, and salt and pepper to taste.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 16, 2002


      I'm sorry I didn't like it. I had really thought I would love this one. I substituted the fresh basil with dried basil in the same quantity. What I did not like was the taste of the pine nuts cooked in oil in this dish. It tasted like an egg omelette to be very honest, and I don't have egg in omelette form ever. That's why this just didn't do it for me. What I liked in this rice dish was the appearance of the basil leaves mixed into the rice and the taste of the basil in it. Next time, I'll substitute the pine nuts with chopped cashewnuts and give it a try again.

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    • on August 20, 2002


      This was really good, even though I had to substitute fresh basil with dried (I used 1 tablespoon). I cooked the basil along with the rice, and that flavoured the entire dish really well. Next time I'll add some minced onions, and perhaps some garlic as well.

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    • on September 10, 2003


      Well I thought this was delicious! I did use fresh basil and I think that is a crucial flavoring ingredient in this recipe. This was very easy to prepare and produced fluffy,perfect rice-no sticky gobs-just forkfuls of individual, perfect grains. Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Pine Nut and Basil Rice

    Serving Size: 1 (137 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 267.2
    Calories from Fat 146
    Total Fat 16.2 g
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 3.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 27.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 0.6 g
    Protein 4.6 g

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